Mid America Buckskinners Info Page


Living History, Reenactments, Treks, Rendezvous, Shoots, Gatherings and All the Rumors Fit to Print

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No, it's not skinning bucks............ Developed and maintained by JP Finn



All comments, recommendations or rebuttals are welcome.
Just want to pass on a signal? Hey, jp!

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What's new this time?

30 April 2000

Phil has a new article in the Beginner's Corner

Updated the Rendezvous page


New! jaw flappin' in the 2 Cents Worth

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For the Visitor

OK, if it's not skinning bucks, what is is it?
Buckskinning is the reliving of the times between 1700 and 1840. We recreate the gatherings, food, games and everyday life of times gone by. There are several divisions in the geographical areas and in the authenticity of the groups ranging from "If you can't see it, it's okay", to museum quality replicas only.
The best way to find out what it is all about is to just go and see for yourself, observe, ask questions and enjoy.
Take the family; ours will be there. Pick an event close by, call the contact for visitor days and to get any special information.
But I warn you; Buckskinning is more than a hobby - it's a lifestyle.
After you get the bug to join in, check the Beginner's Corner and the Personna Page for some pointers and hard learned lessons.



What to see on the MA Bip?
Check out these pages:

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Notices
The Public Pin-Up Board. Have a question, request or just want to post a little information?
Check out what others have posted.

Rendezvous, Shoots, Events
The title says it all. Postings divided into the 4 States with a section for the NMLRA and another for Other Places.

Links to Interesting Places
It's not everybody, but it will get you started. Classified and listed in major groups

The MA Bip Library
A little to learn, a little to laugh, a little to think about; A collection of Stories for your enjoyment.
Beginner's Corner
So you want to start, but don't know what to do?

Personna Page
Some hard learned lessons and examples

The MA Bip Magazine Reviews
You have hundreds of choices, but can afford only one. What to do?

The MA Bip Political Page
The Sad Side of Buckskinning.

The MA Bip Picture Gallery
Ever wonder what some of these people look like? Now you have the chance to find out.
Caution: large page - takes a while to load

My 2 cents worth
Opinions and musings of JP Finn. I did it, so it must be my fault.
Check out a new passel of jaw flapping about every other week.



Notices
The public pin-up board


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Armed Informed Mothers' March
Second Amendment Sisters is holding the Armed Informed Mothers' March (A.I.M.M.) on Sunday, May 14, 2000 in Washington DC. Our goal is to provide a strong pro-Second Amendment presence at a crucial moment in history, to let everyone know that our Second Amendment Rights are NON-NEGOTIABLE.

While we have many dedicated volunteers, things still require good old-fashioned American currency. Our primary expenses will include providing information on a timely basis, and obtaining liability insurance and facilities rentals for the Armed Informed Mothers' March. Any amount will be of help.

PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN! You may conveniently donate with your credit card at our web site:

http://www.i-charity.net/sw.cgi/1097/1562/vip=18901

You will also find there the list of people who already contributed to our campaign, their comments and stories, and additional information about the march. Donations by checks or money orders can be made at the address below.

Please help us to preserve our freedom. Your future depends on it.

Thank you,
Juli Bednarzyk
Dianne Sawyer
Marinelle Thompson
Deborah Wasilewski
Kimberly Watson

Second Amendment Sisters, Inc.
18484 Preston Road
Suite 102 #141
Dallas, TX 75252

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Safety Recall


CVA is recalling all of their inlines manufactured in 1995 and 1996.
The recall is voluntary. They will replace the barrel at no charge.
If you have one of these rifles, don't shoot it until the barrel is replaced !
For more info, go to the CVA Recall page

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It only took Phil a little more than a year to start charging for printing out the Beginner's Corner.
He has taken the shareware route. You can read it on line, but if you want to print or download the series, you gotta pay.
It seems ony fair. He has spent many hours writing the articles. He could have printed them and sold the series at the 'Voos, Shoots and Musters. Instead, he offered them to be put on the MA Bip so they would be freely available to anyone that wanted to get an idea of what to expect starting out in our hobby.
Cough up that cash and send it in to the starving (at least hungry?) Jose's.

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Away from Home
Comes Far Man is a Buckskinner from Norway that has been called up to serve in Kosovo.
His page can be seen at http://home.c2i.net/tobekkel/index.htm
Anyone that has been deployed in the military, far from home and friends, knows how those letters make your day. Break out the pencils and drop him a line, a picture, those old magazines that you were going to pitch and (my favorite) a cookie or two.

(New Address)

Tore Bekkelund "Comes Far Man"
Tropp3/KB
Feltpost 112
0023 Osolo Norway

Note: Tore didn't ask to be listed - I take the blame for this Notice.
I spent a day or two wishing for something in the mailbag while visiting SouthEast Asia long, long ago. I know how isolated from the World you can feel.

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My 2 cents worth
Opinions and musings of JP Finn. I did it, so it must be my fault.

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JP A little background on me (very little):
I bought my first BP gun in the fall of '69. (.62 cal smoothbore caplock -"made in Spain" brand) Nevada jackrabbits learned to hide that winter.
Played in the hills of North Idaho / Montana off and on for a couple decades, decided I wanted a little more summer than was offered, and moved down to Florida. Fell into the North Florida/South Georgia reenacting circuit as a ner-do-well/deer hide trader in the 1790 time frame. (I was the guy out on the edge of the camp that nobody knew) Soon as I got comfortable at that, I packed up and moved to Missouri. Now, I'm trying to move up to the 1810-1830 era. Old habits are hard to break.

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It's election year. Register to vote.
Check the The MA Bip Political Page to figure out who your Federal Representatives are. Check their voting record. Decide if they are who you want in there, speaking for you.
Check on your State Officials. Then, check your local ones.
You will be counted. Will you say what you want said, or will you simply agree with whomever and whatever happens?
If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about what happens in your name!


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Have an old recipe, but don't know what that stuff is? Allow me to translate a few of those funny names.

Aqua Fortis................................................................................Nitric Acid
Aqua Regia.................................................................................Nitric and Hydrochloric Acid
Baking Soda or Saleratus..........................................................Sodium Bicarbonate
Black Lead...................................................................................Graphite
Bluestone or Blue Vitriol...........................................................Copper Sulphate
Carbolic Acid..............................................................................Phenol
Copperas.....................................................................................Ferrous Sulphate
Methylated Spirits.....................................................................Methyl Alcohol
Niter or Saltpeter.........................................................................Potassium Nitrate
Oil of Vitriol..................................................................................Sulfuric Acid
Pearl Ash or Potash or Salt of Tarter.......................................Potassium Carbonate
Prussic Acid................................................................................Hydrocyanic Acid
Quicklime......................................................................................Calcium Oxide
Sal Ammoniac..............................................................................Ammonium Cloride
Slaked Lime...................................................................................Calcium Hydroxide
Unslaked Lime..............................................................................Calcium oxide
Soda Ash.......................................................................................(dry) Sodium Carbonate
Spirits of Salt................................................................................Hydrochloric Acid
Sugar of Lead................................................................................Lead Acetate
Waterglass.....................................................................................Sodium Silicate
White Lead.....................................................................................Lead Carbonate
White Vitriol...................................................................................Zinc Sulfate


Measures

Rod....................16-1/2 feet
Chain..................4 Rods or 66 feet
Span...................9 inches

Bushel (bu).................64 pints or 32 quarts or 4 pecks
Dram (dr)...................60 grains
Gill (gi).......................4 fluid ounces or 1/2 cup

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Submissions cheerfully accepted!
I am happy to post "Guest" 2 Cents Worth and Library articles. The pay is all the fan mail you can gather.
Humor, Tips and Tricks, How-To, and I was There! type articles that pertain to the 'skinning lifestyle are in great demand.
There is a need for reports on Club doing's in the 4 State area. Think of it as a recruiting tool. Just send your newsletter and I can post it.

Articles should be under 2500 words, sent as an ASCII text file or plain text, either HTML ready or I can code it for you.
Pictures should be in JPEG format, under 80K in size and have permission by the people in the image to be published. (I don't check, but that's the rule.)
Like to, but don't think you can write? Hey, that doesn't stop me!

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That little green box down there with the red check mark is a counter that keeps track of visiters to this page. If you click on it, you can see when and where the visiters to the MA Bip are coming from. It's not much, but both regular visiters seem to like to check it every now and again. Keeps them happy to know that someone else gets here once in a while, I guess.
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If you want to discuss it, do so. Hey, jp!


Guestbook!
(kind of)
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